Department of the Legislative Assembly

Territory Parks and Reserves, Tourism Visitation

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WRITTEN QUESTIONS
10th Assembly


19/07/2005

100. Territory Parks and Reserves, Tourism Visitation

Ms Carney to MINISTER for Tourism

QUESTION
Territory Parks and Reserves, Tourism Visitation

The National Park and Reserves estate in the NT has long been a significant element of the tourism mix and experience in the NT.

1. How has visitation to these areas trended and what commitment is Government making to the maintenance and development of these resources to ensure that they continue to provide the NT with a competitive destinational advantage.

ANSWER


Answered on 23/11/2005
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The Northern Territory managed National Parks and Reserves along with the two federally managed National Parks play an important role to the overall tourism experience in the Northern Territory.

The tourism vision of the Northern Territory is to "become the leading nature and culture destination". Although not exclusively linked to just National Parks, nature and cultural experiences within our National Parks are fundamental to realising this vision.

The NT Tourist Commission’s Destination Development Unit is working closely with Parks and Wildlife on the development and marketing of our natural assets. Projects like the NT Tourist Commission’s funded Larapinta Trail Management Strategy highlight how an ‘all of government approach’ is being used to develop, manage and market our key natural tourism assets.

In marketing the Northern Territory, the Commission will continue to focus on its competitive advantage and where applicable promote the Northern Territory as a nature and or cultural experience. This has been recently demonstrated in the Destination Darwin marketing campaign where Darwin has been promoted amongst other things as "the gateway to nature and culture".

Visitation to Northern Territory managed Parks has been steady over the last four years:

(in 000s)
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
Nitmiluk NP
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254
248
268
233
Litchfield NP
250
274
241
242
252
Watarrka NP
259
270
281
270
261
Ormiston Gorge
63
71
86
88
89
Simpsons Gap
139
144
125
118
121






In comparison, Kakadu National Park figures show a decrease in visitor numbers:

2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
200752
197527
189134
170423
169955



Uluru figures have also decreased over the past four years:

2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
387065
394315
391574
362428
345638




The Northern Territory Government is endeavouring to work cooperatively with our Federal partners on the development and marketing of these two key assets for the Northern Territory tourism industry.
Last updated: 04 Aug 2016